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Durham University

Advanced Research Computing


Hamilton is a centrally run supercomputer, otherwise known as an HPC service (High Performance Computing), available for use by researchers at Durham University.

It is a large resource providing the capability to run both large and small simulations, data analyses and other numerical programs on more powerful equipment than typically available as a desktop PC or laptop, but also the capacity to run many at same time. Please be aware that it is a multi-user system, and is not suitable for processing sensitive data.

The machine is operationally run by ARC and overseen by an academic steering group.

To apply to use Hamilton, please fill out the registration form on the CIS service desk system. Your account will normally be ready for use within a few working days, with the same username and password as for your standard University account.

Please see the links to the pages below for more details about the service:

Further help on Hamilton can be found by:

  • Emailing the ARC Platforms team at
  • Contacting the CIS service desk, who will forward your query to us
  • Attending one of our Using the Hamilton Supercomputer courses.

We also offer a number of other courses that may be of help, for example on programming Python and using version control such as git to help manage your software. To see which courses are on offer, and to book a place, please visit the Oracle Learning Portal, select Advanced Research Computing as the Course provider, and click on Search Courses.

If you have not previously used Linux, you may find it useful to go through a tutorial on the command line interface. For example, the lesson The Unix Shell on the Software Carpentry website.

Please note that this area of the site is currently a work in progress.